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Here Comes the Sun

Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   11.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 07/19/2016

2016 Kirkus Best Book

Here Comes the Sun

A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681682709
Digital Download ISBN:9781681682716


In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village.

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Product Description

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman―fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves―must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.


"Bahni Turpin is the perfect narrator to bring to life the musical cadence of Caribbean-accented English." —AudioFile

"Turpin beautifully captures the poetic rhythms of Dennis-Benn’s writing as well as the multitude of accents at play as the story spills between the glittering, perfect facades of rich tourist traps and the deprivation of drought-stricken rural shacks." —Booklist Starred Audio Review

"Turpin's wonderful dexterity with Jamaican patois captures the fierce anger, compassion and calm of the characters. Her performance of the audiobook is wonderfully appropriate and she made the characters come live." —Sound Commentary Starred Review

"Bahni Turpin's narration captures the local dialect expertly." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence." —Kirkus Starred Review

"[Dennis-Benn offers a] striking portrayal of a vibrant community where everyone is related and every action reverberates, and her unstinting description of how shame whips desire into submission." —Publishers Weekly

"Refreshingly brave, clever and ambitious." —New York Times

"Dennis-Benn's stunning, multi-layered novel explores the implications of race, reputation, class and money--and how they can push people to trade on today for the promise of a better tomorrow." —Shelf Awareness

Author Bio

Nicole Dennis-Benn has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Lambda, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches writing.